GSN RENEWS QUIZ SHOW THE CHASE PRIOR TO AUGUST 6TH PREMIERE
Network Orders Second Season of the UK Inspired Original Series Starring Global Quiz Champion “The Beast” Hosted by Brooke Burns and Produced by ITV Studios America
Now Casting For Season Two
July 1, 2013 (Santa Monica, CA) — GSN has ordered a second season of the highly anticipated new original series, THE CHASE, prior to the quiz show’s premiere on Tuesday, August 6th, at 9:00 P.M. ET/PT. The one-hour quiz show, in which three contestants battle in a fast-paced quiz competition against an all-knowing opponent, The Beast, is produced by ITV Studios America. The network has ordered eight episodes for season two, which is slated to air later in 2013.
“The high stakes of this ‘all or nothing,’ ‘David vs. Goliath’ battle of the brains result in riveting television,” said Amy Introcaso-Davis, EVP, Programming and Development, GSN. “While there is great gameplay in THE CHASE, it is also wildly entertaining to watch the always engaging Brooke Burns spar with trivia savant, Mark Labbett aka The Beast.”
“We couldn't be more delighted with the support that GSN has given THE CHASE and are thrilled that it has been picked up for a second season. THE CHASE team has done an outstanding job to bring this exciting, fun and fast-paced game show to life here in the US, and we look forward to a long, ongoing relationship with GSN,” said Paul Buccieri, Managing Director, ITV Studios International and President & CEO, ITV Studios America.
Based on the hit U.K. show of the same name, GSN’s THE CHASE is hosted by actress and television host Brooke Burns, known for her starring roles on “Baywatch” and “Melrose Place” and for her hosting duties on the game show “Dog Eat Dog” (now airing on GSN) and on the GSN pilot “Where Have You Been All My Life?” She was last seen in the starring role of the Lifetime movie “A Sister’s Revenge.” Joining Burns on the show as the formidable Beast is Mark Labbett, one of the original “Chasers” in the UK version and—at 6’7” and 370 lbs, with degrees from Oxford, Exeter and Glamorgan universities—a quiz giant in every way.
Production on the second season is slated to begin in August. Potential contestants with the speed and brains to go up against “The Beast” – can go to http://www.chasecasting.com/ for more information.
About THE CHASE
You can run, but you cannot hide, The Beast is always coming after you. In THE CHASE, a team of three contestants attempts to amass as much money as possible by answering quick-fire questions in a 60-second round. The money earned will go towards a team bank. Why the urgency? Because The Beast is always lurking, ready to pounce. The Beast – quite simply -- is a quiz genius. The job of this intimidating presence is to catch each contestant by answering more questions than his opponents to ensure they are not able to bank their money. It’s a role he executes with ruthless efficiency. In the final round, the teammates who have survived the initial chase collectively play against The Beast in an epic David vs. Goliath battle for the entire amount that they have banked.
THE CHASE is produced by ITV Studios America with Bob Boden, Martin Scott and Michael Kelpie serving as Executive Producers.
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About ITV Studios America
ITV Studios America, the U.S. based production entity of ITV Studios in the UK, is one of the largest international producers for the U.S. market and a major force in acquiring, developing and producing reality and scripted programming for U.S. networks. ITV Studios America has a slate of series in production with major networks and syndicators, including Hell's Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, The First 48, After the First 48, Four Weddings, Four Houses, The Car Chasers, Kentucky Bidders, The Chase, The Mathis Project, The Bill Cunningham Show, America Now and The Jeremy Kyle Show. ITV Studios is a world leader in television production and distribution. It has international production centers in the UK, Germany, France, the Nordics and Australia as well as America. The distribution business, ITV Global Entertainment, is a distributor of programs to all regions worldwide. For further information visit: http://www.itvstudios.com/us.
Pam Golum (ITV Studios America)